Gators preparing for another dual-threat QB in Connor Shaw
Florida is preparing, yet again, to face a mobile quarterback in South Carolina's Connor Shaw.
But Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said he's confident that after facing Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers- and practicing against Florida's Jeff Driskel, the Gators are up to the challenge.
"Certainly it’s a challenge when you play a mobile QB, in terms of the different things they can do,'' Quinn said. "Not only do they have a mobile QB, they also have a quarterback-running game package, where there are some direct quarterback runs and those kinds of things. You have to do a really good job of setting the edges because sometimes when you face a guy who has the speed to get outside he’ll break contain, and then try to create a play that way. That dual-threat certainly is something we have to work hard on in practice. Fortunately our QBs can run, so when we get a chance to go against them we know what that feels like.''
Shaw is 13-2 as the Gamecocks' starting QB, the best record after 15 games of any quarterback in school history.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he can see some similarities in the two offenses this season.
“A little bit,'' he said. "The way we usually play is we don’t throw more than 20-25 passes a game and try to run the ball, and play super defense and excellent special teams play. I would think both teams are trying to do that. Our last game we didn’t do it very well in a lot of areas, but that seems to be the formula that a lot of SEC teams are going to. There’s all kind of ways to win as we know."